Peggy B. Pilcher

Peggy B. Pilcher

MYRTLE BEACH In The early morning hours on Thursday my baby said her last two words in this life, “hold me”. We sat on the side of the bed with her in my arms and she went to sleep. I could not hear Gods telephone calling her home, she was so peaceful and had had such a bad night that I was thankful for her peaceful slumber. Little did I know she had answered the call. God saw her pain and suffering which we had been unable to control and called her home to be in his flower garden. The strain on her 81 year old heart full of love finally overflowed. Peggy began her life’s journey as the first child of John Porter and Frances Lovette in Wilkes County, North Carolina where she spent her child hood. Her family was poor, she spent most of her life with her grandmother and her cousin Mary Jo Finney. Her mother would send her to the railroad tracks to collect lumps of coal. She had three sisters, Penny, Judy and Darlene and one brother Walter Lovette. Their relatives started the dynasty known as Holly Farms. Peggy broke out of her hometown of North Wilkesboro by first going to college and then starting her life long career in hospitality with Holiday Inns. She married William Bauguess and had 2 children, Debbie and William which she raised by herself. I met Peggy in the Holiday Inn in Jacksonville N.C. where I was a Major in the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune. We were combative as successful people often are but fell deeply in love starting with respect for each others accomplishments. She had been a General Manager for Holiday Inns for 25 years before she followed me to The Marine Corps Finance at Kansas City where we were married on the 20th of December 1974. We started our life with what we could put in our cars. She put up with the Marine Corps sending me all over the world to accomplish my assigned mission in Kansas City. She managed two motels to keep her busy, we often spoke over the phone half around the world. Our bond was so strong it melted those miles. For 45 years we worked and pushed through life together winding up in Myrtle Beach where she worked for Hilton and finally Patricia Grand. Through it all she was the most respected manager in her field. She received many awards but one she cherished most was the 5 Star award from Hilton. William (Billy) and finally his son Will, which was the center of her life, came to live with us. She only wanted to live to see him graduate and be a fine young man. We will do that babydoll. Our love for you will never fade. Save me a place in your garden.

Mrs. Pilcher is survived by her beloved husband Roger Pilcher, One Daughter Debbie Van Norman, one son Billy Bauguess both of Myrtle Beach, two step daughters Chris Pilcher Huerter of Omaha and Donna Bryan of Tallahassee. two grandsons Will Bauguess who lived with her and  Christopher Rhodes, wife Michael and children Christopher, Haley, and Cpl Lance Rhodes U. S. Army.  of North Wilkesboro, N.C. Grand daughter Sarah Gentry, husband Justen and 3 sons Holden, Hayden and Hank. of North Wilkesboro, N. C  One step- Grand daughter Katie Heath of Charlotte, N. C.
3 sisters, Penny Jordon and her husband Floyd and their 2 sons Ricky and Floyd of Winston Salam, N. C., Judy Wood of North Wilkesboro, N. C. and Darlene Green and her husband Bobby and their daughter Dawn of Roaring River, N. C,  Peggy had one Brother Walter Lovette and his son Jeff of North Wilkesboro, N.C

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday April 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM at McMillan-Small Funeral Home. A private entombment will follow at Ocean Woods Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until service time. An online guest book is available at

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Myrtle Beach
Created On: 04/02/2019 15:03:21

Mr. Pilcher -
The words you wrote about your dear wife brought tears to my eyes. It is obvious that you loved and cherished her!
May God bring you comfort during this difficult time. (Psalms 50:15)
With sympathy -

Donald C Brown
Myrtle Beach
Created On: 04/01/2019 16:35:46

Dear Roger. I read your love letter with wet eyes. Although I was with my wife when she died, I did not have the opportunity to hold her last moments, But Peggy's last words to you tell a whole story and maybe can be translated into three words. "I LOVE YOU." You are a gentlemen and a great leader of men. I am very pleased to call you a friend. A MOAA buddy.

Frank & Ellen Esposito
Created On: 04/01/2019 14:40:17

Ellen and I were sorry to hear of your wife, Peggy departing this world for her Heavenly Garden. Our prays and thoughts are with you and the family.

Tony & Leslie Prince
Myrtle Beach, SC
Created On: 04/01/2019 13:55:05

Roger, Leslie and I send our condolences on your loss of Peggy. She will be missed by all. You will be in our hearts and prayers.

Created On: 04/01/2019 00:41:48

I want to offer my condolences to the Pilcher family and friends. It is a painful thing to lose someone very precious, yet no one else can really know all that you feel except our Heavenly Father. He knows and feels your pain. Allow him to give the comfort you need at this time through prayer as he invites us to do at Philippians 4:6, 7 “…in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God;7 and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” He has promised that under his Kingdom rule he will remove sickness, old age, and death from his human family (Isaiah 33:24; Job 33:24, 25; 1 Corinthians 15:26). An additional promise given is that all our loved ones in the memorial tombs will be awaken from asleep in death to enjoy life as our loving Creator purposed (Isaiah 26:19; Psalms 145:16). Allow these words to keep comforting all of you.

Vickie Shew
Roaring River NC
Created On: 03/31/2019 23:01:00

Dear Roger and family,
Blessed are they that mourn:for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Claude Jr and I have all of you in our prayers, and will keep you there in the days to come. Peggy was a beautiful lady inside and out, and will be missed here on earth but we know she is resting in the arms of God.
God Bless you all
Claude Jr and Vickie Shew

Chloie and Ron kinney
Murrells Inlet
Created On: 03/31/2019 20:28:28

Roger we send our condolences . Peggy told me she had a good man in you. Come see us and let us know if you need anything. We love you.

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